As part of the final day of International Fight Week, the UFC will induct the newest members of the hall of fame.
The promotion announced recently that the 2016 Hall of Fame class will be enshrined on July 10 during the UFC Fan Expo inside the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Four categories are presently used to honor those who have devoted their lives to MMA.
Below is the complete press release along with list of those honored by the UFC previously:
UFC announced that it will induct its 2016 Hall of Fame class on Sunday, July 10, at the UFC Fan Expo during the final day of the 5th Annual UFC International Fight Week™. The ceremony will begin at 12 p.m. PT on the main stage theater of the South Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The event will also be streamed live and available on-demand exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS.
The UFC Hall of Fame consists of four categories, which are:
· Pioneer Era – Athletes who turned pro before November 17, 2000 (when unified rules of MMA were adopted), is a minimum age of 35 or has been retired for one year or more.
· Modern Era – Athletes who turned pro on or after November 17, 2000 (when unified rules of MMA were adopted).
· Contributors Wing – Recognizing significant contributions and accomplishments to the sport of mixed martial arts and UFC outside of the Octagon.
· Fight Wing – Recognizing the most historic fights in the sport. To be eligible, fights will have taken place a minimum of five years before date of induction.
To view a complete list of UFC athletes and fights currently enshrined in the UFC Hall of Fame, as well as details regarding the UFC Hall of Fame format, please visit UFCHOFFAQ.
The Class of 2016 will be announced in the coming weeks leading to the landmark UFC 200: CORMIER vs. JONES 2, on Saturday, July 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Fans with tickets to the UFC Fan Expo will be able to attend the induction ceremony at no additional cost. Tickets for UFC Fan Expo will be offered in various packages, with three-day passes beginning at $75 online. Two-day passes begin at $65, while one-day passes are $45. Fans can also purchase VIP elite packages for $300 or VIP ultimate packages for $3,000.
*Events are subject to change.
Forrest Griffin (inducted 2013)
Royce Gracie (inducted 2003)
Ken Shamrock (inducted 2003)
Dan Severn (inducted 2005)
Randy Couture (inducted 2006)
Mark Coleman (inducted 2008)
Chuck Liddell (inducted 2009)
Matt Hughes (inducted 2010)
Tito Ortiz (inducted 2012)
Pat Miletich (inducted 2014)
Forrest Griffin vs Stephan Bonnar I, April 2005 (inducted 2014)
Charles “Mask” Lewis (inducted 2009)